The Clay Community School Corporation school board met Thursday evening to discuss motions suggested from the last meeting.
During the patron comments, resident Jenny Moore attempted to persuade the school board to "cast their fishing nets farther" when concerning hiring the next superintendent.
"If we limit our search to only those within the corporation we are only choosing from a very small pool of applicants. It is imperative that we hire the best person available for any position in the corporation, and if those from within want to apply, let them be compared to the best we can find," said Moore.
Board member Forrest Buell disagreed with Moore. Buell said he thought the school board should choose an individual from within the corporation because students, parents and teachers would already know and respect the individual. He added the person chosen would have the best idea about the current issues and needs for Clay County School system.
Board member Amy Burke Adams proposed using Indiana State University's Educational Leadership Administration Program Administrator, Dr. Robert Boyd to assist the board in its search for the new superintendent.
"Dr. Boyd and his team will verify the validity of the applicants' superintendent licenses and generate a pool of qualified candidates," Adams said.
The board voted in favor of this motion, and the new superintendent will be in place by July 1, 2011.
Board member Tina Heffner had made a request requiring all athletic coaches and volunteers to be at least 21 years of age, to which patrons and other board members debated. There was no vote taken on this issue and everyone agreed the school corporation didn't want to lose quality volunteers because of an age restriction. The debate centered on the argument that the corporation could have a mature 19-year-old volunteer who was an asset, just as a 25-year-old volunteer who was immature.
The citizens and board members all agreed they didn't want a decision such as this to negatively affect the school bands, as many band volunteers are under this age limit.
The main concerns were mixed gender interactions and volunteer maturity levels.
Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said he knew of three previous situations mixed gender interactions and volunteer maturity level were issues, but urged board members to let school officials have the freedom to judge for themselves on a case by case basis.
"Our principals are pretty vigilant to be able to make decisions about the volunteers. You should have confidence in us to make those decisions," Rayle said.
Board members also congratulated Staunton Elementary for being honored as a Four Star educational facility.